Android, Windows Butt Heads on Dual OS Tablets

    March 7, 2014
    Sean Patterson
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The Android mobile OS and Windows OS have co-existed peacefully for years, dominating their respective tech realms. As the tech industry moves toward the true internet-of-things, however, Android is increasingly becoming the OS of choice for a variety of new devices. With Microsoft re-designing its Windows OS to be more smartphone and tablet friendly it’s clear now that the operating systems are truly competitors. This has led to a bit of awkwardness in the tablet space, where Windows 8 and Android come closest.

A new DigiTimes Research report out today claims that the new Asus TD300 dual OS Android/Windows tablet that it previewed at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been delayed. Specifically, the report states that release of the tablet has been delayed due to pressure from Google. DigiTimes believes that Google sees Android/Windows dual OS tablets as a negative for its operating system. The report also holds that other PC manufacturers have also halted production on dual OS devices.

According to DigiTimes such dual OS tablets are a major win for Microsoft, which could increase its Windows OS tablet market share on the back of Android. The segment is also beneficial for Intel, which makes the X86 chip that dual OS tablets run on. PC manufacturers see dual OS devices as a way to drive sales at a price point where consumers have been turning away from notebooks and desktop PCs. Just about the only company not getting any benefit out of the deal is Google, which could see its Android brand diluted by being thrown into the same device as Windows.

Not that dual OS devices would be incredibly popular anyway. Such tablets are, for now, a niche category for very specific consumers. As tablets grow in size and become lighter, however, the use case for a device that provides apps on the go and more productivity in other contexts becomes clearer.

  • Michael

    I saw this on another thread as well. I’d like to be able to run both Android app and Windows app on the same device. I have owned both Android phones and Windows phones. They all have pros and cons. I have been searching solutions to run Android apps on my Nokia phone, but no results. The only thing I found that’s close is Andyware (www.novapx.com). It promises to run Android apps on WinPhones as well, but seems to be in development phase. I really wish I can run Android app on Windows phone in the near future…

    • Robert in Vancouver

      I think most people would use both operating systems depending on what they need to do at the time.

      That would help Google and MS, because it’s a good reason to buy a new tablet/computer with both systems built in rather than keep using your existing tablet/computer with only one O/S.